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Public Works

About Us

Public Works employeesThe Department of Public Works delivers a wide range of services that help define the quality of life for residents of Nashville/Davidson County. Over 300 dedicated Public Works employees work day and night to help ensure a safe, clean and convenient transportation network of public streets and alleys, and to provide an efficient system for managing trash and other waste in Davidson County. These "unsung heroes" repair potholes and public sidewalks; mow grass and trim tree limbs near Metro roadways; change traffic signal bulbs; create and put up street signs; and clean up roadside dumping and litter.

Among the assets managed each day by our employees are:

  • over 2,200 miles of public roadways and rights-of-way
  • more than 835 signalized intersections
  • over 6,000 named public streets
  • over 300 bridges
  • over 2,000 parking meters and approximately 18,000 parking spaces in Metro-owned garages
  • 12 community recycle drop-off sites and 4 recycle convenience centers for waste disposal
  • collection of an average one million pounds of refuse annually from more than 128,000 homes in the USD

Snow removal trucksTo support our city's goal of protecting the environment and creating cleaner, more livable neighborhoods, Public Works is now the proud home of the Metro Beautification and Environment Commission, which sponsors a variety of programs and educational opportunities to promote recycling and anti-litter initiatives.